July 8 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Pain in the Neck Grotesque

Assisi, Umbria

Given the relatively low vault and shallow depth of the loggia of the Palazzo del Comune (right across from Santa


June 9 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Leonardo Extravaganza

Milano, Lombardia

Ok, granted, Pietro Marani and Maria Teresa Fiorio ARE considered the world’s foremost da Vinci experts… but how do you


April 14 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Teodolinda’s Chapel

Great news, another masterpiece is restored! In this case saved, actually. The fresco was detaching in multiple points from the


March 26 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Mantegna’s Camera degli Sposi

Mantova, Lombardia

The Palazzo Ducale of Mantova is one of those places that we could write notes about for a year and


February 25 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Bs and Bees

Saint Peter's basilica, Vatican City State

It’s a… actually, what is it?! Scholars have a hard time deciding how to categorize Gianlorenzo Bernini’s giant, 66ft.-tall bronze


January 15 2015 / Places

Due Palazzi Pallavicini: Rome and Piegaro

Piegaro, Umbria

In Roma, the Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospiglosi is one of the largest privately owned palaces. Started in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese,


November 21 2014 / Art & Archaeology

A Ladies’ Get-together

Milan, Lombardia

You are invited to a get-together with four ladies in Milan. Straightforward? Yes. But there’s subtext too. This being Milan,


November 7 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Long Lost Mary Magdalene?

Rome, Italy

Just recently a 1610 letter was found in the Vatican archives in which a Bishop in Naples notifies Cardinal Borghese


November 4 2014 / Art & Archaeology

The Greek Cross church of San Biagio

Montepulciano, Tuscany

Outside of the city walls of Montepulciano, overlooking the surrounding landscape is the church of San Biagio. Built between 1518


October 20 2014 / Places

The Gardens of Villa Lante

Bagnaia, Lazio

At the height of the Renaissance, Cardinal Gambara commissioned an elegant garden to be built near Viterbo, inspired by designs


September 12 2014 / Places

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Asciano, Tuscany

Nearby Siena and very well hidden among the hills is the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, well known for its


July 29 2014 / Art & Archaeology

An Art-Filled Room

Siena, Tuscany

To the left of the main apse of the Cathedral of Siena is a tiny door where you can find


June 27 2014 / Art & Archaeology

The Masterpiece at Your Feet

Spoleto, Umbria

This is the second installment in our mini-series of notes on Church floors! When you enter Spoleto’s majestic Duomo (also


June 25 2014 / Places

The Cerchia dei Navigli

Milan, Lombardia

Another note on Milan, the beautiful city that is the setting of our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The Revenge


June 11 2014 / Places

Piazza Mercanti

Milan, Lombardia

Another note on Milan, the beautiful city that is the setting of our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The Revenge


June 5 2014 / Local Interest

Milan’s Coolest Shortcut

Milano, Lombardia

Here’s another note on Milan, the beautiful city that is the setting of our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The


May 27 2014 / Local Interest

Glowing in Gubbio: Lusterware Ceramics

Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio’s artistic ceramic production had its salad days in the 1500s under the direction of Mastro Giorgio Andreoli, who was


May 20 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Contemporary Art Rescues Ancient Fresco

Viterbo, Lazio

Contemporary artists are helping to restore a 15th century colleague’s fresco in Viterbo’s oldest church, S.Maria Nuova. Instead of depending exclusively on


May 13 2014 / Events

La Grande Passione dei Piccoli

Umbria

Missing out on la passione, means missing the full Italian experience. La passione is in the Italian DNA. And that


April 30 2014 / Food & Wine

The Humble yet Almighty Polpetta

Milan, Lombardia

This note on polpette is related to our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The Revenge of the Milanese Butcher! (Please


April 22 2014 / Places

Caprarola’s Eccentric Beauties

Caprarola, Lazio

Perched on a hillside with views extending to Rome 50 kilometres away, the magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola was the


April 17 2014 / Places

Poppi: Castles and Falcons

Poppi, Tuscany

Medieval churches and hilltop castles crowning gently curving slopes – emerald green in springtime, sprinkled with wildflowers like confetti –